The Russian navy is planning to launch Bulava missiles from the newly constructed Borey-class submarines “Aleksander Nevsky” and “Vladimir Monomakh”. Both subs are currently undergoing final sea trials and will be taken into service by the end of the year, if the test launches are successful.
One of the submarines will launch a single missile, while the other will conduct a salvo, RIA Novosti reports.
Test launches of Russia’s newest ballistic missile started in 2004, since then Bulava has been one of the most discussed topics in the Russian military industrial complex. Of 18 test launches in the period 2004-2011, 11 were considered to be successful.